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Tube driver & former PM at palace power lunch

More than 150 women from the worlds of fashion, politics, business and the arts gathered at Buckingham Palace for the ultimate power lunch.

Lady Thatcher, Kate Moss, J.K. Rowling and Charlotte Church were among the guests at the unprecedented all-female event.

It was the latest “theme day” at the palace, and was organised by the queen to honour the achievements and contributions of women from all walks of life.

Joined by the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Gloucester and the Countess of Wessex, she greeted the guests as, one by one, they made their way towards the ballroom for the buffet lunch.

It was a relaxed affair. In one corner, model Kate Moss was laughing with Jemima Khan, the Unicef ambassador.

In another, Heather Mills, the anti-landmine campaigner and wife of Sir Paul McCartney, was deep in conversation with Lady Thatcher and Erin Pizzey, who founded the first refuge for domestic violence victims.

The former Prime Minister, who wore a fuchsia pink skirt and jacket, said: “It’s a joy to be here. It’s wonderful that so many women are finally being publicly recognised for the work they do.”

The guests included novelist Zadie Smith; Hannah Dadds, the first female tube train driver; Twiggy, a former model and singer; Kate Adie, a journalist; Marjorie Wallace, the chief executive of the mental health charity Sane, and Olivia Giles, a former lawyer who had her hands and feet amputated after contracting meningitis.

The guests were treated to casserole of salmon and monkfish, sauteed loin of lamb, risotto of mushrooms and courgette, followed by passion fruit cheesecake.

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